Jill Slinker

Greenfield, IN

Jill Slinker
Greenfield-Central High School
Greenfield, IN
How do you use Actively Learn in your classroom?

In-class reading and assigned reading for homework.

What problems were you experiencing in your classroom or school prior to adopting Actively Learn? 

We were going 1 to 1 with computers and were expected to cultivate our own curriculum.  I also have students who have little interest in reading and no stamina when doing so. 

What solutions did you try to address problems in your school/classroom prior to adopting Actively Learn? 

We would use audio books, and Youtube videos to try to help them engage in the reading, and we tried to use interactive workbooks to have them learn to take notes on the reading. 

How has Actively Learn helped improve your students’ learning and/or your teaching? 

I am able to give my students immediate feedback on their answers, which encourages them to revise and improve their answers right on the spot.  I have students now who would never have revised before.  Actively Learn's microcredential programs have also made PD interesting and relevant to me.  

How do you use Actively Learn with your students? What type of content do you assign? 

I use Actively Learn as a content platform for almost all of our reading assignments.  I have imported my own Google Docs, pdfs, and, of course downloaded tons of content from your library.  I have enhanced, edited and adapted the questions that were already created for the reading in order to tailor it to my own students' needs.  I have also assigned the current events and other non-fiction articles to use as practice for those Common Core skills. 

What advice would you have for teachers who are new to Actively Learn? 

You won't know how much you love this platform until you try it.  I had been introduced to it at a conference a couple of years ago, but didn't try it immediately.  As with many new things we learn at conferences, if we don't take time to explore what it will do when we learn about it, we can miss out on some wonderful opportunities.  Even my colleagues who are not tech savvy at all can use this format!  The kids will interact with the literature more than you could imagine.